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How do we show the value our volunteer bring and all they contribute to making our organizations successful? This worksheet is meant to be a quick guide to help create a “volunteer equation” for calculating volunteer impact. By using an equation, we translate volunteer hours into departmental goals and objectives met and then further into organizational mission fulfilled.

Volunteer hours (VH) = Goals/Objectives met (GO) = mission fulfilled (M)

It is a deeper dive into volunteer value and contributions in addition to reporting volunteer hours and/or equivalent monetary value. It answers the “what and why” engaging volunteers is critical to mission success. The blog post, 5 Words that Might Untangle Volunteer Management describes the equation in depth.

The more we can show how volunteer impact advances departmental goals and objectives, the more we show volunteer value. And by diving further into meeting mission goals, we connect our volunteers, our volunteer programs and volunteer engagement to mission success.